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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting can save money

Real-time end-user reporting has been a top request from JD Edwards EnterpriseOne users for years. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 One View Reporting (OVR), announced last year, fits the bill.

One View Reporting provides an extensive set of prebuilt reports which are fully integrated with JD Edwards (JDE) EnterpriseOne 9.1. It spans across JDE modules and answers the most commonly asked questions about reporting and analysis.

Prebuilt reports are available across a dozen different functional areas, including financials, inventory and service. With One View Reporting, end users can access data in real time with minimal training and without coding knowledge. It enables users to get hold of frequently required business-specific data in lists, charts, graphs and tables. It empowers users to design, create and run reports using intuitive report interfaces.

Business users no longer need to wait and track with IT for their real-time reporting needs. With One View Reporting, business users can access data in a meaningful, effective and user-friendly format for themselves. Thus, the saved IT manpower can be diverted to other projects to increase overall business productivity. Furthermore, One View Reporting helps reduce customized reports, bringing down total cost of ownership (TCO) over time. It also helps to eliminate the need for a third-party reporting solution.

Comparison chart: JDE E1 Reporting with and without OVR

Productivity/TCO parameter Without OVR With OVR
End-user satisfaction

Low

  • High dependence on IT

 

High

  • Power to end user
  • User-friendly and typical webpage-like interface
Ease of modification to reports

Low

  • All changes need to flow through IT

High

  • End users can design and modify reports
Ease of using report output

Low

 

High

  • Graphical and intuitive outputs.
  • Supports multiple formats, such as PDF, RTF, XLS, CSV, PPT, XML or interactive viewer
Supports personalized reports No Yes
IT spending

High

  • IT involvement for most of reporting requirement

Low

  • IT involvement required for one-off complex reports only
Process efficiency

Low

  • Delay due to IT dependency

High

  • Reduced dependency on IT
Need for third-party reporting products and maintenance

Medium

  • Third-party reporting solution needed based on client requirement for massaging output data

Nil

  • OVR is fully integrated with JDEdwards E1 9.1
  • Graphical representation eliminates need for third-party reporting products
End-user training requirement Low

Medium

  • Minimal training to design, create, run and modify One View Reports

Business-use illustration

This business illustration considers a fictional company, which partners with a service provider for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne financial modules implementation. The illustration further assumes that the company is currently using Microsoft Excel to calculate and create a formatted balance sheet, a profit and loss statement, and a cash-flow report based on the input source data. The number of end users using these reports is fewer than five. And the requirement is to retain the same final report format using EnterpriseOne.

Without using One View Reporting, the business will have two options. The first is to create customized JDE reports. This will take considerable development effort and add maintenance costs. The other option is to get the nearest available standard JDE report in .csv format and use the existing Excel formulas to create a report.

Using One View Reporting, these reports can be created in the required format with minimal effort. Once created, these reports can be used frequently without the overhead to import data and run a macro every time. Finally, the company will be able to view the report output in an easy-to-read format.

Considering standard rates for consultants and offshore developers -- $80 per hour and $35 per hour, respectively -- we estimate that using One View Reporting will cost this company 26% less than doing customized reports themselves.

About the author:
Anup Agarwal is project manager in the Consulting and Systems Integration unit at Infosys. He has more than 10 years of experience working as a project manager and consultant.


This was first published in January 2013

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